Are you looking for the impossible in 2018?

Heavenly Father, thank you for each new day and opportunity to learn and grow in You.  Thank you that each day we wake up there is a blessing waiting for us.  Thank you Lord that each day we wake up we are covered by Your precious blood that prevents any weapon formed against us from prospering. Thank you Lord that ALL who read  and hear this message would be blessed by it. Thank you for continuing Your work in and through me. In Jesus name, amen!

Are you looking for the impossible in 2018?

Then, look no further, Jesus Christ is the only Person who can do the impossible in your life.

I suspect that some of you at this point are probably a little disappointed. You’re probably thinking that was not the answer I was looking for when I clicked on this post but I’m here to tell that He is the ANSWER to every situation you are facing now and will ever face.

Many of us spend more money and time on various things that promise to help us with our problems to only be disappointed when we don’t get the results or are unable to sustain the results we were hoping for.

Are you looking for happiness?

Are you looking to finally break free from depression?

Are you looking for healing and restoration to your health?

Are you finding it difficult to be the kind of parent you should be?

Are you tired of being angry all of the time?

Are you tired of being in debt?

Are you tired of looking for love and only finding hurt and misery?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances?

Are you feeling all alone in your world?

Are you tired of having your past keep you from experiencing the life you deserve?

Are you consumed by grief and would like to finally relieve all of that pressure from your heart?

Do you want to experience what real love feels like?

Do you want to experience what not being controlled by your fears can be like?

Are you tired of trying and failing no matter how hard you try?

If you’ve answered yes, to any of these questions know this.

Jesus Christ can DO ALL OF THE ABOVE and MORE FOR YOU.

His primary requirement is that we give Him our hearts and rest your souls in His care. The fine print of this relationship says, that we’re should strive to live well with others, seek Him daily through prayer, praise the name of the Lord at all times and read the Word of God and applying it to our daily livesChoosing to submit willingly to His will, trusting and believing in Him above ALL else. To be granted eternal life with Him and have Him in return provide ALL we require for life.

I don’t know about you but His terms and conditions sound much better than the list of problems often associated with a life without Christ in it. I have endured many of my own issues and I can tell you with Jesus it WILL get better.

What I will also tell you is that not because we accept Jesus Christ all of our problems will disappear or that we will never have challenges because I would be lying and misleading you. Life is full of ups and downs but with Jesus Christ our success rate is higher than those going it on their own.

What I can tell you is that with Jesus Christ in our corner – we will not only see our obstacles in a different way but we WILL be given the strength, resources, favour and contacts needed to overcome any challenge we may face.

God is good and there is nothing that can compare to His GREATNESS and LOVE for those believers in Jesus Christ who come to Him.

So I’ll ask you again, are you looking for the impossible in 2018? If yes, how bad do you want it?

Take a listen to this song by Charles Jenkins called My God is Awesome if you still need convincing.

 

Friends, take hold of Jesus Christ and keep Him close to your hearts and see Him turn 2018 into Your miracle year.

I hope that this post blessed you as much as it has blessed me.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Have a great day and a blessed week.

Hope in a Hopeless Situation

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What is hopelessness?

Hopelessness is that feeling deep down on the inside that tells you:

  • Don’t bother trying anymore!
  • What’s the point anyway!
  • It’s over!
  • You’re all alone!
  • No one cares!
  • Give up!
  • You’re done!

Hopelessness looks at the situations we’ve failed to get ourselves out of and convinces us it is over.  My friends, when we go through life without the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who He is, what He represents and how much He loves us, it is easy to get caught up in feelings of hopelessness.

The truth is, even in what may seem like a hopeless situation with Jesus Christ on our side, there is always the possibility of a favourable outcome.  With Jesus, there is always hope, because there is:

  • No situation too difficult for Him. 
  • No problem too big for Him. 
  • No such thing as impossible for Jesus Christ.

No matter how hopeless your situation may appear today, I want you to know that Jesus wants to help.  He wants to deliver you out of it.   He wants to show up in your life and do great things. Through Jesus, there is deliverance for all those who believe and trust in Him.

The facts:

  1. No matter where we are in our lives right now, Jesus Christ will meet us right where we are to take us where we’re meant to be.
  2. He loves us even though some of us don’t know Him.  His love for us is so great that He came to this world, to die for our sins and rose again so that we can have life and not death. This is true love.
  3. We have a choice to make, life or death?  Once we choose Jesus, we will not only have life but we will have it more abundantly.
  4. We must ask God to forgive our sins and surrender who we were. Choosing to walk in the truth of who we have become as we are now one with Him.

In closing, I leave you with this, hopelessness is a symptom of a deficiency in Jesus Christ.  The only way to cure hopelessness is through reading the word of God daily; meditating in it and applying it to our lives. Believing in it more than what is before your everyday senses of sight, hearing and touch.

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Don’t walk around anymore embracing the lie that hopelessness teaches us instead let us choose to embrace and hold on tightly to : truth, hope and love, that is, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Have a great day and be blessed. 🙂

Physical Presence vs Emotional Presence

Thank you Lord for this new day.  Thank you for another opportunity to share and be a blessing to someone’s life today.  Help me deliver this message effectively. In Jesus name. Amen.

Many times I’ve gone through life being physically present without being emotionally present.

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You may ask, what can cause a person to want to separate their emotions from their physical self?

Some situations that could cause someone to want some distance between their physical and emotional self are:

  1. Experiencing constant abuse of any kind be it physical, emotional or sexual.
  2. Experiencing domestic violence.
  3. The pain of losing a loved one is just too much.
  4. Constantly witnessing the abuse of a loved one.
  5. Life just seems to be too difficult.
  6. Constantly trying to please others. Therefore, making their happiness priority over your own happiness.
  7. Fear.

 

Some benefits of this skill include:

  1. The numbness that it provides.
  2. It disconnects you from the moment or experience. Hence, you don’t have to feel anything.
  3. It provides a feeling of security even in the midst of the chaos.
  4. It gives you a sense of control over you.

 

However, some drawbacks of this skill when it becomes your way of life include:

  1. You lose more and more of yourself over time.
  2. You get so accustomed to running away emotionally it becomes difficult to stay present.
  3. Running does not heal the hurt but rather conceals it momentarily.
  4. The numbness that it creates in us over time hardens the parts of us that were meant to know and experience love and life.
  5. It does not make you happy it just numbs you.

 

Over the years I found being physically present and emotionally present for every thing in my life was sometimes too painful and found difficulty coping with them. It took many years but I learnt to control when and where I wanted to feel.  However, as the drawbacks highlighted suggests there was a price.

Like everything in life, there are consequences for everything we do.  Thankfully, with prayer and time, I was able to heal and turn this preservation skill into a powerful tool to ensure my own peace of mind and happiness.

How do we use this skill to our benefit rather our demise?

  1. Talk to someone about what you’re going through.
  2. Some situations require you to leave the environment for the healing in your life, mind and body to take place.
  3. Learn to love yourself again.
  4. Forgive yourself, the person or people who hurt you.
  5. Pray and ask God to help you.
  6. Understand that you CAN and WILL get better but it will take a little time so be PATIENT with yourself.
  7. Remember, God loves you and wants to see you whole again.

 

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father, as I come before You this morning to give You thanks and praise for all that You are doing not only in my life but all those who read and visit my blog. 

I thank you for restoring what was lost.  I thank you for healing the broken places within me.  Thank you for loving me even in my brokenness and imperfections.  Thank you for touching my life and making me whole and one with You.  Thank you that the people who are reading this would be blessed by this post and share it with someone who may really need to read it. 

I know Heavenly Father that Your desire is for us to be happy not sad. Healed and not sick and broken.  Filled with Your joy, peace and a sense of security that comes from knowing You. Let us feel Your love washed over and through us as we read and agree that You are our Lord and Saviour.  Only You can fix the areas of our lives we have struggled with for so long. Give us the strength, wisdom, understanding and courage to DO what we have to do. We let go of our fears and ask for Your intervention and deliverance today.  As the song says, prove the doubters wrong. You are mighty and strong. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen!

It’s time to stop running and start living.  Make today better than yesterday.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Music Reflection Mondays: Soul Piercing

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Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!

Today, let’s look at what I like to call “Soul Piercing Music”.

What do I consider “soul piercing” music?

  • It’s the kind of music that touches you so deep inside that you find yourself crying.
  • It’s the kind of music that can get you so emotional you’re on the verge of tears.
  • The kind of music that compels you to take a good look at your life unearthing feelings you didn’t even realize you had.
  • The kind of music that leaves you wondering, ‘What was I crying about anyway?’
  • This kind of music can touch you in a way like no other. It has the power to heal a broken heart.
  • It makes you think.
  • It makes you feel.

Here are some of my favourites.

Let Your Power Fall – Deon Kipping

I Am Yours – Lauren Daigle

Hosanna – Hillsong

The Prayer – Donnie Mc Clurkin & Yolanda Adams

First – Lauren Daigle

I Give You My Heart – Hillsong featuring Holly Dawson

Broken Vessels – Hillsong United

Do you have any songs that touch you in that way?  Please feel free to share some with me below. I would love to add more to my playlist.

Never underestimate the power of music in your life.  The right lyrics, listened to at the right time, in the right place, among the right people could change your life.

So make an effort to listen to the words and allow them to flow in and through you and tell me if they don’t make you think about your life and how blessed and fortunate you really are.

Every day has the potential to be as good as YOU want it to be.  It could be as simple as creating a music playlist to start your day or end your day; to changing or adding to your current music selection. 🙂  Whatever you decide, don’t be afraid to try something new! Get something that makes you smile, sing, dance and get happy. 🙂

Be blessed.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

 

Health and Wellness Fridays: Importance of Moving Forward

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!

Today we’re going to be looking at the importance of being able to move forward.

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More often than not, we can sometimes find ourselves getting distracted and discouraged by what we’re not doing right.  It’s normal to be disappointed when we fail or fall short.  However, holding on to the disappointment long after is unhealthy. Other times, we may allow the opinions and views of others to eat away at us resulting in the accumulation of anger, self-doubt, guilt, sadness and sometimes depression.

Constantly holding on to things emotionally can make us sick over time as it could have us feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.  Some symptoms we might suffer from include: constant headaches, loss of appetite, feeling constantly fatigued, some people may over eat to compensate, while others may even experience hair loss.

Not choosing to move forward has a cost.  Peace of mind, happiness and your health.

The thing is, if we’re honest with ourselves, I think we could all agree that there are areas in our lives that we can improve on no matter how physically healthy we may appear to be.  The truth is, we should be more focused on finishing the ‘work’ needed on and in ourselves rather than pointing fingers at each other.  I think if we can do this, then we all would be living healthier, happier lives.

How do we  move forward?

  1. LET GO of negativity.
  2. STOP comparing ourselves to other people.
  3. STOP beating ourselves up about who we are at this stage in our lives.
  4. TAKE responsibility for where we are right now. We got ourselves here but the good news is we CAN get ourselves better.
  5. MAKE the decision for ourselves to do better and STICK with it.
  6. FORGIVE ourselves for our weaknesses while working towards a better, brighter tomorrow.
  7. NEVER accept that our shortcomings or failures define us.  They are merely a manifestation of who we’ve been.  Tomorrow is a new day and we have a say in how we choose to participate in it.
  8. WORK on developing, improving and healing ourselves from the inside out.  Too often we get caught up thinking if I just lose the weight I’ll feel better.  If I just fix this or that about myself maybe I’ll feel better.  Look at the underlying causes or factors that have not been resolved emotionally and seek to address those areas. A flat stomach would make you look great on the beach but your heart would still be breaking inside.
  9. CHANGE our focus.  If we can adjust our thinking from ‘ I’m dieting to lose weight’ toI’m eating my way to a healthier life’ then we would not only maintain the changes we implement but enjoy them.’ It would not happen overnight but with the right attitude anything is possible.

Moving forward can be challenging but it is necessary for peace of mind, growth, your health and overall well-being.  I don’t know what your situations are but trust me moving forward is the only answer to finding happiness.

There are too many people in this world going through life unhappy and stuck in their emotions unable to truly enjoy their lives because they have not been able to move forward.  Take control of your life by taking control of your emotions not masking them but treating with them in a healthy manner.

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come before You tonight to say thank you for another wonderful day.  Thank you that I am able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life that so many of us often take for granted.  Thank you for always providing for me and protecting me.  Thank you for loving me in moments when I don’t love myself.  Thank you for forgiving me for my shortcomings. 

As I go forward in my walk with You daily I pray that You help me to overcome the weak areas in my life that I struggle with.  I ask that You heal the parts of my heart that I try to ignore.  I ask that as I make a conscious effort to live better and be better that You would bring about positive change in my life, mind, body and spirit.  I receive your blessing in my life. In Jesus name. Amen.

Don’t base your happiness on being the ‘ideal’ weight. Your happiness is determined by your attitude towards life and the types of relationships you strive to have with others.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Have a wonderful weekend.  See you next week. 🙂

Music Reflection Mondays : Heart and Happiness

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Beautiful Monday Morning to each of you!

I hope you made time this weekend to rest and enjoy some moments of time for yourselves.

Although my morning has started off cold and rainy I can feel in my heart that today and this week is going to be great not just for me but for ALL of us willing to not only see but receive God’s favour and blessings in our lives.

However, for us to receive God’s blessings in our lives we need to first take a closer look at what’s going on in our hearts.  I’m not referring to what is on the surface but what is deep within us that we often try to hide from ourselves and others.  The ‘real’ us under all the smiles and jokes.  The hurting us, that nobody sees. The longing us, that just wants to know and experience true love and happiness.

Many times we base our happiness on what our eyes can see and what we’ve been told. The truth is the key to happiness lies within our hearts.

With this in mind, my prayer for us today is that God creates within us a clean heart so that we can truly enjoy our lives not limited because of all the hurt, hate, sorrow, sadness and anger that so often consumes us stealing our joy and happiness.

Heavenly Father, we come humbly before You today to thank you for this new day that we are blessed to be a part of. We thank you for Your unwavering support, protection, guidance and mercy in our lives.  We thank you for Your love, grace, strength, wisdom and understanding. 

As we proceed to do ALL we have been called to do today and for the rest of the week we ask that You reveal to us the things within our hearts that are unpleasing to You.  We acknowledge that these feelings have been restricting us from receiving Your FULL blessing and favour in our lives. 

Help us to heal and remove whatever You reveal to us so that we can draw closer to You.  As You break and release us from these emotional constraints on our hearts may we find peace and joy within ourselves as we become the men and women You have called us to BE.  In Jesus name. Amen. 

We ARE BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVOURED.  Don’t you forget it! The sooner we realise and declare this can we experience the wonder that is all around us.  I am pleased to report that the rain has stopped and the birds have all come out to enjoy the brillant sunshine that has come out. 🙂

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Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

I leave you with these songs that would help lift your spirits as they have mine. Take time to listen to the lyrics. Enjoy.

Wonder by Hillsong United

How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

O’Lord by Lauren Daigle

One Minute by Mary Mary

 

Music Reflection Mondays: A Spiritual Awakening

Happy Monday greetings to each of you.  I hope this Monday does not meet you feeling blue.  Music can activate movement and emotions within us without even trying.  I believe we all have a spirit or soul within us that is driven or moved to or by certain things in the same way.

With that said, I felt compelled to share this poem with you.  What is the music or murmur in your spirit saying to you. May God bless you as you read it.

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For a long time my spirit has been asleep

I can only imagine how much this made You weep

I can now feel You deep within my core

And this makes me want to know You even more

 

As I embark on this life-changing journey

I recognise there is a power lying dormant inside me

I ignored Your calls and instead chose to build up walls

While You had to look on and document my falls

 

My spirit has finally received the message,

“It’s time to come home but you must make some changes”.

I have chosen to accept this call and even though I may fall

I won’t put up my usual wall

Instead on Your Word I would call.

 

Thank You for choosing me.  I’m glad I’ve finally chosen You.

I will no longer insist on doing things my way

Instead I’ll pay special attention to what You have to say

I will TRUST in Your vision and purpose for my life

And obey Your word as disobedience brings strife

Thank You Lord for being a part of my life.

 

Be blessed and know that God loves you and will continue to love you as you learn to love yourself. Be washed with His grace and mercy as you listen to some of my new favourites below.

 

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.